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taking some extra ordinary taps to change how we work but hopefully that the valuof it. for the time being, although interviews will be conducted remotely, and keeping a social does sing guidelines to help. thank you for being with us. on thursday, gavin newsom ordered all lifornia resints to stay home as much as possible. all counties had already issued shelter in place directives to slow the spread of coronavirus. nonessential businesses such as gyms and bars have lows, as restaurants offer only out and delivery service. groceries doors, pharmacies and gas statio are some ofthe businesses allowed to stay open. in the bay area, santa clara has in the county hardest hit by the coronavirus with at least 196 confirmed cases and eight deaths. thank you so much for taking a
few moments today. >> of course >> cedar county has been particularly hard hit, and you were among the first counties to make this extraordinary decisi to tell residents to essentially shelter in place. can you talk about the thought process leing to that decision, at the local level, and now we have obviously seen the governor join statewide. >> well, we have certainly seen a lot of guidance isfor what happening, and we see what awful reality it is in italy, and there has become apparent to everyone here in california, geo has been enin this ongoing conversation that there is really no harm in being too early, and there is a lot of harm in being too late, and it makes it pretty imperatilo for l elected officials who seem to be getting it pretty quickly that we need to do everything that we can now to provide us the capacity to c
realch up to this, and by that, i mean being able to wrap up testing, ramping up the t number of treatmbeds, all the things that we need to deal with what we know will happen as the coronarus spreads in our community. >> which is really -- not a one, but if. how well do you feel, like, santa clara county residents are complying with this order? will there be any need for enforce ent? >>have seen very good compliance, i think most folks get it, they understand the public safety, public heth issues, and for the most part we really have not needed enforcement. there have been obviously soat exceptions, i think a gun shop, open a couple of days ago, and i called the police chief and they were right on er it, and hing is shut down and we know there will be situations. right now it is important for everybody to understand what the rules are because t it is very clear to some folks who we know, it isnot easyeither, there are some kinds of
construction that are allowed, other kinds that are not, so we want to make re everybody understands rules first before we do any enforcing and obviously, there is willful there next week enforcing. >> how do people sort of sort that out? i have spoken to dismiss owners were confused about this order. what if you are not a customer facing busing s? you are doshipment? i have seen coffee shops rein open. are their resources? what is the kind of guidance were trying to give pecially to business owners and yoperators? h, we have certainly on the county website, as an faq, to ensurlks can work through with the county directive is. and we know that there are still lots of questions so we have created an email for folks to be able contact us and i am ashamed to say, i cannot tell you extly what that email is but i know our team is responding to hundreds of inquiries, from individual o busineers, to say hey, are we essential, are we atnot,
and can we be doing. for the most part, basic needs around telecommunications, food, infrastructure, all of those businesses are allowed to continue to operate, any supportive servicpp that t those operations. >> we saw the governorworn on thursday that if we do nothing more than half of the states 40 d million residents co infected over the next eight weeks and as you mentioned, the real sort of goal of flattening that curve is around this idea of making sure that hospitals can handle it. we know hospitals are already running out of equipment to talk to about what the status is on that side in santa clara county, what more do you need, very confident that yott are g the supplies that are coming down the federal and state government? >> i'm not confident that the isfederal governmentbeing able to really provide the infrastructure that local communitieowneed. i there will be a huge demand for ousands of ventilators, for example, and right now, we are scrambling to get more ventilators. i am not at the e center of decisions that our county health officials are around
what exactly is needed and what is not. but what i do knoweverybody working fiercely to expand capacity, weare going local businesses, for example, just to be able to expand space for patient beds, that we know we will need. and so we will use all the resources we have, we are blessed to be in a valley where a plt of ers are stepping up in a big way, and we will makes a big announcement about that on moay. and wewill continue to keep hustling to see how weekends -- we can support our local communities here. we are grateffor the governor and pushing the resources out of the door quickly. we are pushing hard to see how e we can for example, more emergency shelters built, so we can su that we can stop the spread of this virus among our homeless and encampments and shelters. >> there are so many lars to this, i'm curious, without giving away what you're going to say monday but how much is the private actorsstepping up? especially in silicon valley, where you are?
have a community that has a to strong heart, in addition to resources. we have launched an effort called silicon valley strong, just a couple of days ago, and, we had a s brief pr conference, more than 500 people volunteered, to help us for example distribute food to seniors and others who are food insecure, it will be obviously using their energy and hours and talent along with a lot of dollars that people tie contri on that website. to see how we rtn scour ef to reach so many people who are struggling right now. families who arnot getting paychecks come and that is where we are most focused. >> we saw some modeling out of
the uk that basically concludes that to keep from overwhelming our systems, we might need to see these tyem of ex measures around school closures, working from home, for as much is 18 months, potentially on and off. what methods do you have to a very anxious public about sort of have to think about this, and about their personal sponsibility here? >> throughout history, generations have been tested at different times, we think about the great depression, and iiwor war and the greatest generation, and my message has moment. lly that this is this is a very difficult time, we know, for thousands of our families, and this is our moment to show how we can care for one another is is ou moment to show that amid all of the fear that we all share, that there is, ye common fear but also uncommon valor that we can show as we work together, th get through crisis, and will have to do it one day at a time. i don't know if it was going be if you weeks, or a few months or year tohalf as one projection suggested. but i do know that we can do this, and this mercy period will end, and then our task will be rebuilding. and if we are able to pull n togetherow we will do much better rebuilding a few weeks
or months from now. >> finally, have seen a really extraordinary sort of coming together of local governments around the bay area, obviously gov. gavin news is trying to be proactive. i know there is mothat you need, though, can you talk to what you and other mayors are asking the governor foand also the federal government? >> certainly, gov. newsom has been tremendous, his team is working around the clock, anwe reallyappreciate him leaning in a big way. we are asking for more help, obviously, we would love to have more dollars to do all nt that we to do, but we are also asking the state to help eliminate some barriers, we think this is a real opportunity for us to build a te lot of emergency sh for example, both to move homeless out of shelters, and off the streets but also, to help us t expansion of patient beds that we critically need. and for that, we need the elimination ofsome of the standard barriers, whether it is, or other state permit
requirements, so we can move quickly, and the ability topuus ic land, for example, from utility districts, or caltrans, to do so. just being able to accelerate our efforts would be hugely helpful. >> all right, thank you so much four time and good luck. >> thank you, it's been a pleasure. the white house is working with congress on $1 trillion st ulus plan to rescthe economy as airlines, hotels and other industries struggle to survive amid the vicoronas crisis. small businesses are also hurting with massive layoffs and closures. among the federal aid being considerate, corporate tax cut and direct payments to mo americans. meanwhile coronavirus testing remains out of reach for lest pe so far only 22 public health labs in california are testing for covid-19. all the private lab such asdi quesnostics are now also
screening samples for the virus. joining me now by skype from washington, dc, silicoss valley congn. thank you so much for taking the time. >> thank you for having me on. >>'s as you know the entire state of california is now under thpl shelter in e order, yet the virus continues to spread around the nation. you are in the nati capital, i'm curious what kind of insight you can give us to what e conversations arlike among members of congress. doesn't feel like both parties are taking this areas? and are there to work togeth on this? >> there is no urgency, there is an urgency first to get es medical suppout, our heroesre doctors, nurses, healthcare providers. we need to get them sufficient masks. we need to make re they ha sufficient hospital beds, and that we are mobilizing the army ercorps of engito help build the capacity. we need to make sure they have in a ventilator's, i'm glad the president has finally invoked the production act and we need to adequatend that, so that we can get these medical
supplies. the second thing we need to do isthdeal with economic crisis, i mean, i'm hearing from people in my e district, they being laid off, and in certain cases they don't have healthre. for example, airport workers, not just the flight attendants, or t pilots but those who are back in attendance, cabin cleaners, the folks who are wheelchair tendants. when thve been laid off, they need healthcare encouragement, they need some form of economic assistance, so they can buy foor pay rent. we need to do that so we are working on an economic bill. >> i want to go back to something you mentioned, you mentioned the defense prodthtion act. ind of heard mixed signals on how far he is taking that, if he is actually using it to direct businsesto get those medical supplies to where they need to go, what insights do you have because it wems
lit the president says in those daily briefings is not always what the situation is on the ground fo governors arou this nation. >> you are right, that is why speaker pelosi and sen. me schave been saying it is not enough to just sign a defense production act, what are you doing? in britain, they have told the rolls-royce factories to start producing ventilators. who are we directing to produce masks? who are we print -- directing to do these things? and of course we have the authority to orr them to do that but we also have to be compensating them to do that. and this is somethg speaker losi has been pressing the president and the administration on. >> let's go back also to the issue of broader medical supplies, not just ventilators. gloves, masks. what can congre be doing? you spoke about finding some of these issues, tell me sort of what your role is as a congressman, and helping facilitate these huge gaps that we are seeing in reour health
system. >> well, it was 57 of us who go to the presidento invoke the defense production act, i wish it on that a month ago, we can fund thasuand make that the businesses have the funding to be able to produce these things. second, we can call and have called for the army corps of engineers to be called upand they can help with putting together temporary hospitals, they don't have to construct these from scratch but they can help at creating beds, and more capacity. third, a 50% bonus to any critical healthcare provider or worker. we need to be rewarding izd incentg as many people to be on the front lines, dealing with this crisis. so those are the types of in congress can do. >> two of your colleagues in congress have asked the tested positive for coronavirus. yoi'm curious about own health, what kind of steps our legislative leaders are taking to protect numbers of congress
in methis critical we obviously need you want to be >> i'm doing everything as you can tell remotely, not going to the capitai am practicing social distancing, we are having town halls in our district, with facebook life, and on conference calls. but i chose not to be flying back and forth, and i'm doing everything that the cd recommends. you know, it is important for people to understand two things. this disease can hit anyone, it is not just the elderly, he can wet anyone and all haveto be taking precautions for our families and ourselves, and terally abides by these eryone recommendations of staying in place, of not having social able to get over this faster.
otherwise, we are in for a much longer period. >> as you know, one of the biggest challenges has been the lack of testing availability. but we are seeing people like rivers of congress and s nba playo don't show 10 -- symptoms be tested. what are you doing to help boost the availability in places like california, new york, washington where we have had the mostcases but in some cases,he least help. >> we prioritize that, so the cdc director testified in front of congress, i said to them, why are we using these tests? that was the biggest misstep, we ought to have been using ostest like so many other getting them widespread. now we are putting tremendous pressure on these agencies to say look, we have to get testing to be avaible, it is important that people get testing not based on their social status, if they are an
nba player or member of congress, theyget testing based on their need, if they are showing potential symptoms that would make them positive for covid-19. that is when you should get tested>> what you think more te could be available? >> you know, i listened to the doctor, he heads up this ek, unfortunately the testing is improved, it has not been at next 10 days, but look, the studies are absolutely clear, and south korea, what has alloeed him to suis testing and testing in a smart way. there was a great arcle on italy and what they have done by just testing 1% of their population. but testing those who were most likely to have covid-19, and then testing anyone that they were exposed to, they have done it in a very smart, strategic way and quarantines them. >> finally and you guys have ar been workingnd the clock on this billion, ortrillion- dollar bill to help rescue the
economy, do some of the things you were talking about. te us what the status of that is and what you expect to see over the coming days around that packag >> well, my push has been we need to have cash infusion for people who need it. we need to t $1000 right away, but not just one time, we need this for probably, of course, six months. you have the restaura business be vastated, literally, layoffs of 25, 50%, woers devastated. u had airport you have so much of the economy almost 2 million unemployment insurance claims that we are looking at and people need economic security, so i have been pushing for that, what we should not be doing is just providing largloans to corporations. i mean, the shareholders, and executives are not the ones i am concerned about right now.
m concerned about ople who are out of work, who are having a tough time making rent, tough time putting food taon the e, and i think almost the vast majority of the trillion-dollar stimulation go to them. that is the big debate right now, in congress emma the senate plaewin my puts way too much of loans, like the bailout did, to industry, we are going to get , mething do are going to pass it but we are not going to roll over and allow for thth stimulusbailout, to go to corporations, big corporations and not to workers. >> is there one particular thing thatyou think the federal government could do right now that would help california? >> i think what towe need do is get any hospital capacity, we need hato our military ships deployed, if they can provide more hospital beds, and the army corps of engineers ea deployed to more beds, the governor has said we will have a short of almost 20,000 beds and i have been pushing demonstration to get the capacity up. >> all right, we know the governor is working with you on that. thank you. we appreciate your time. >> ank you.
commercial quarters that would normally be buzzing with activity were eerily quiet this week in thbay area. shelter in place orders along with a statewide ban on large gatherings haveupended how millions of us live, work and recreate. i addition, schools in california are now closed, alcreating another nge for parents forced to work from home in -- and cancel outings. thank you so much for taking a few moments with u >> thank you for having me. >> sothis is obviously an incredibly rare moment, not just in california but in the world, we are livingwith the trauma that really has no certain ending, one that chis ging rapidly. and we are all being asked to distance ourselves from the people, most people in our lives. what tips do you have for coping as whadults with is happening right now? especially the social deaths -- distancingand uncertainty. >> the first of i have is really just to acknowledge that
we are gointhrough this, and to really acknowledge the feelings that we are having in our body. that it would be very normal to feel anxious, very normal to feel bad, and that we really want to not fight against that and ourselves, and to be kind to ourselves and we want to think about the ways that we can enhance our emotion regulation and our coping. ink about what arwe doing to our bodies? how are we moving? we know that when we are under st ss that our bodiare designed to actually generate chemicals that make us fight or flee. and so if we are in our homes and not moving those chemicals boare in our and they will affect not only our emotional health but our physical health and our relationships, so how do we move it home, how do vewe ance parties, and how do we think about those people who are around us like our kids? becaus we want tothink about how stress is catching. >> talk about that, how should we be talking to our children about this? how should be listening to them? >> that's a great question. first we want make sure that we all acknowledge, i work with very young children under the
age of six ofand we n think that they are not listening to us. and it's critical to think aboue how they hearing our words, they are here in our phone conversations and their listening to our bodies. so stress is kind of catching, so we want to open a coersation with them, to think about what they are hearing, and to really, going ba the acknowledge to say you know right now,money is feeling stressed or a little bit sad n'because we see people. and then to think about how do you feel? i really like how you said wew arlistening to them as. we because as grown-ups, that it is critical that we make that space. >> i feel like sometimes it is not always failing our kids hear us when we say ththese gs but it sounds and what you are saying is what i think most parentseventually realize is thatlittle ears e picking up on things even if they don't understand at all. >> completely. their little sponges with eahug and sometimes we talked directly to them like we say what are you hearing, or what
you know about the virus? they might walk away from us. in very oddly at bathtime or beime they're not just stalling but that is a time when their minds are going in the last -- and they will ask you a few questions. it is like a moment has enopene up they can really open up and share their fears with you, and there is a nice phrase at s shareable is bearable. this idea that we don't want to ay with those feelings inside, that is rely why i started with how we acknowledge people around us how we are doing. >> one of the challenging things here of course is the fact that ma of us are in the situation where we are suddenly expected to be at home with ouro kids, stil our jobs and we want to make sure they're not falling to behind on school or lklearning. can you about this sort of balance between the structure, and education kids need, and how we can sort make suwe are not overloading ourselves as parents. >> sure, i think that, we know that young children and children in genel feel safe
when there is a routine, when blthings are predic we also know that if we adhere to -- too rigidly, that cacan e challenges as well. so it is really a baritones. so what are the different things that we need to do and how do we help our children? help us to set a family schedule. and then within that falely schehow are we thinking about relationship breaks and, that is being we are working really hard and one of the things we know is as working parents is that the many for the minute you are working hardn that is the kids most need you. so we need our work environments to be tolerant of that. i know as an adult professional when i'm on skype calls with other professionals, we are really trying to acknowledge that our children may be comi in ahaving questions. and how are we kind to one another about that? recognizing that the first priority is as a society to dr support ch in to support our anxiety. and then we will get our work done so we are flexing our lerk becoming more tolerant of the fact that we hais
families, may really help us to think abouwhat is a good worklife balance under coronavirus, and long-term. >> quickly, i want to ask you, we have beenhearing a range of stories about how seriously people are taking these a stay- at-home orders, in particular i have hada lot ofdiscussions with how parents do not seem to be taking this as seriously or unger people still going out to party. do you have any tips on how to talk about this wiout sort of alienating people? >> that is a rely good question. about is thatsociety is sort of like a protective shield. that we want to be bigger, wiser, stronger, kind, and at different points in our history we have had people who have bl been vulne and that one of our tasks is to come together to protect those who are most vulnerable. as we have a national narrative around this, that it doesn't necessarily, that you might not
be worried yourself, but that there are people that you love that you might be worried for. and so how do we join together and how do we say, we are worried for our healthcare workers, we are worried for our nurses, we are worried for the people at the grocery stores and we want to minimize risk to these people so they can continue doing their jobs. we are worried for r elderly parents, who often are actually caring for young children. and what would that be like? so we don't want to make people scared but we also want people to think about social responsibility. >> i would like to end on a hopeful note, it seems to spme that e the trauma and grief here, there's opportunities, and coming together, positive outcomes lk about what you see as a ou potential's? >> one thing that this will do is shine a spotght on the emotional needs of people in our communities. that it will make it okay to talk about feeling sad, feing angry, feeling anxious. and hopefully that we will also see we are learning new ways, having more tools be developed,
we are having a lot of professionals really think about how we provide telehealth support so can reach communities that have traditionally been underserved like our rural communities, pele who were not going out. so hopefully we will see more people really staying -- saying i need help and havea helpin e offered. >> a chd psychologist, thank you so much for all of your help today. >> thank you. as always you mocan find of our coverage at kqed.org/ tran01 thank you fojoining us, stay safe.
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